A Passage to India

A Passage to India

David Lean (1984)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, David Lean's final feature trespasses on territory usually reserved for Merchant Ivory: EM Forster and India. But Lean was the master of the stately epic and, in this lusciously photographed picture, the 75-year-old director showed that none of his powers had waned. Stripping away the sheen of Raj life, he exposes the tensions, prejudices and snobberies of imperialism with a satirical blade every bit as sharp as Forster's. Oscar-winning Peggy Ashcroft garnered the acting headlines, but she is surpassed by Judy Davis as impulsive outsider Adela Questad whose disregard for the rules of the game shatters the calm of this Indian Eden.


A headstrong upper-class Englishwoman accuses an Indian doctor of sexual assault when she visits India for the first time, exposing snobbery and inter-racial tensions during the British Raj. David Lean's period drama, adapted from the EM Forster novel, starring Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft, Alec Guinness, Nigel Havers, James Fox, Art Malik and Saeed Jaffrey.

Cast & Crew

Mrs Moore Peggy Ashcroft
Adela Quested Judy Davis
Dr Aziz Victor Banerjee
Richard Fielding James Fox
Professor Godbole Alec Guinness
Hamidullah Saeed Jaffrey
Mahmoud Ali Art Malik
Turton Richard Wilson
Ronny Heaslop Nigel Havers
Director David Lean
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for some of its language and violence. Available on: video and DVD